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Kathryn Eident

Morning Edition Host & Senior Producer of News

Kathryn Eident is an award-winning journalist and hosts WCAI's Morning Edition. She began producing stories for WCAI in 2008 as a Boston University graduate student reporting from the Statehouse. Since then, Kathryn’s work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Cape Cod Times, Studio 360, Scientific American, and Cape and Plymouth Business Magazine.

She also worked in commercial radio, first as a reporter, then news director, at Cape Cod Broadcasting, four commercial radio stations in Hyannis. In between, Kathryn spent several years sailing as a deckhand and mess attendant on Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution research ships, and has written for the Institution’s magazine, Oceanus.

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Lawmakers have been busy on Beacon Hill, moving legislation aimed at addressing the impacts of the coronavirus epidemic. That includes a bill allowing towns and cities to postpone town meetings, elections and other events that would force people to gather in large numbers. Senator Julian Cyr of Truro is on the state's COVID-19 working group, a body that's looking into other measures that might need to be taken to stem the crisis.


Guards and medical staff are taking extra precautions with inmates at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility in Bourne, as the COVID-19 epidemic continues to grow. 

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Sheriff James Cummings about what he's doing to screen inmates and staff in an effort to keep COVID-19 from contaminating the jail.

Dan Tritle

WCAI's Kathryn Eident hosts a roundup of local and regional news of the week.  Her guests: Cindy McCormick from the Cape Cod Times; Jack Spillane from the New Bedford Standard-Times; George Brennan from the Martha's Vineyard Times; Mary Ann Bragg from the Provincetown Banner; Josh Balling from the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror, Louisa Hufstader from the Vineyard Gazette; WCAI's statehouse reporter Mike Deehan; and WCAI Morning Edition producer Sam Houghton.


Jesse Brown is a Republican candidate for the Plymouth Barnstable State Senate seat. On The Point, host Kathryn Eident talks with him about the political issues, as part of our interview series on the candidates.


A local scientist has joined her colleagues at a spot near the North Pole; she’s part of the largest polar research expedition in history. It’s called the MOSAiC project, which stands for Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate. The $150 million endeavor is spread out over 390 days, with researchers from 20 countries participating.


Running a marathon is not easy. You have to be physically and mentally ready, and flexible with the things you can't control, like the weather. Now imagine doing all that in one of the coldest places on earth. 

Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries

What does a pile of construction rubble have to do with fish? When old concrete gets put on the ocean floor, it goes from trash to habitat. Workers did just that to an artificial reef two miles off the coast of Yarmouth last week; they dumped pieces of granite and concrete to expand a reef that was built in the 1970s. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with biologist Mark Rousseau of the state's Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF)about how his office manages artificial reefs like this one.  

Sarah Mizes-Tan

A recent Harvard University report finds there is a lack of diversity within the six science organizations in Woods Hole. Estimates say 90% of researchers at these institutions are white, while 10% are people of color. The 15-page report also details a series of issues including, overt racism and microagressions, and a lack of cultural competence. Leaders at these organizations say they're working to increase diversity. 

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Lead Reporter Sarah Mizes-Tan about how diversity and inclusion need to be considered not just in the workplace, but in the community of Woods Hole itself.

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The family of a man convicted in 2005 of murdering his friend wants a new trial. New witnesses have since come forward, and an Innocence Project is looking into the case. The Mashpee Enterprise did an in-depth story on the case, and WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with  Enterprise reporter Jessica Hill about what she learned.

Nantucket Data Platform

Most of us probably know about how much money we make each year. But, do you know exactly how much it actually costs for you to get through each day? Can you easily tally up your housing, transportation, food and even childcare costs? Researchers with the Nantucket Data Platform set out to answer that question for Nantucket residents, with some interesting, if not exactly surprising, results.

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A play exploring the life and work of fishermen opens this week at Cape Cod Community College. The cast features both student and community actors, along with some special guests—local shellfishermen. The play itself was was written using interviews with fishermen from around the region. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Vana Trudeau, Coordinator at the school's Tilden Arts Center, about "Boundless."

Newspaper websites have become a place for readers not just to learn new information; they have become public arenas to for readers to air their take on the day's news. But, not all comments contain factual information. The Martha's Vineyard Times has put a stop to some of that—at least when it comes to talking about climate change.

Town of Chatham

Chatham, like many towns on the Cape, has a shrinking population. Younger people, specifically, are moving away. They cite high housing costs and a lack of jobs as some of the reasons they don't make Chatham a year-round home. In response, the town created the "Chatham 365 Task Force," made up largely of working families, to identify some ways to make it easier for people of all ages to live and work in town. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Select Board Chairperson and task force member Shareen Davis about their new, recently-released report.

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 Researchers will be working with Hyannis residents as part of a new, federally-funded study to better understand how the chemicals known as PFAs interact with the human body.  Silent Spring research scientist Laurel Schaider says some 100 million Americans are estimated to have PFAS in their tap water, but little is known about the potential health impacts. WCAI Morning Edition Host Kathryn Eident talked with Schaider about the study.

Dan Tritle

WCAI’s Kathryn Eident hosts a look at the week’s top news.  Guests: Kristen Young from the Cape Cod Times; George Brennan from the Martha’s Vineyard Times; Holly Pretzkey of the Vineyard Gazette; KC Meyers from the Provincetown Banner; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; WCAI reporter Sarah Mizes-Tan; WCAI Morning Edition producer Sam Houghton; WCAI Science Correspondent Heather Goldstone; and WCAI Statehouse reporter Mike Deehan.


Car racing enthusiasts are likely familiar with the Le Mans: a 24 hour endurance race of high performance automobiles held each year in France.

Detective Stories

Aug 28, 2019

For this month's BOOKS program, we talk about detective stories. We hear from listeners with suggestions for detective books and series, favorite characters and settings. Our guests in The Point studio are Jill Erikson, librarian at Falmouth Public Library, and Nelson Ritschel, Author and Proffesor of Humanities at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Kathryn Eident hosts. 

Liz Lerner

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with journalists from around the Cape and Islands about the week's top stories. This week, they discuss: a proposal to build a so-called "racino," a slots parlor and race track in Wareham; an investigation into allegations of animal cruelty at a horse farm in Falmouth; and how thousands of immature oysters were stolen from town aquaculture beds in Sandwich. 

Dan Triitle

WCAI's Kathryn Eident reviews some of the top local and regional news stories of the week.  Her guests include: WCAI reporters Sarah Mizes-Tan and Eve Zuckoff; Gwenn Friss from the Cape Cod Times; George Brennan from the Martha's Vineyard Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; and K.C. Myers of the Provincetown Banner.  We also check in with WCAI's statehouse correspondent Mike Deehan for the latest news from Beacon Hill.

Dan Tritle

WCAI'S Kathryn Eident hosts a roundup of the week's top local and regional news stories.  Her guests include Gwenn Friss from the Cape Cod Times, George Brennan from the Martha's Vineyard Times, Tim Wood from the Cape Cod Chronicle, Ed Miller from the Provincetown Banner, Noah Asimow from the Vineyard Gazette, along with WCAI's Mike Deehan and Heather Goldstone.


On The Point's monthly Books program, we discuss memoir: part autobiography, part confessional, and still an enomously popular genre. Our guests in the studio are Kelly Porter of Woods Hole Library, and Mary Fran Buckley of Eight Cousins bookstore. Kathryn Eident hosts. 

On The Point, a discussion of  partnerships: from marriages to business partners, we look at how these unique relationships can lead to growth and success, and the pitfalls that can happen when the people in the partnership don't see eye to eye. Guests in the studio are Dr. Marc Whaley, psychiatrist, Dr. Jonathan Schwartz,  psychiatrist, and Ann Geagon, psychologist. 

June Gardens

Jun 18, 2019
Sala Steinbach

Our cool spring will very soon transisiton into full summer. There's still time to plant lots of  flowers and vegetables in the garden!  Horticulturist Roberta Clark joins host Kathryn Eident on The Point to discuss the season's highlights, and share garden tips and advice with listeners around our region.

Surviving PTSD

Jun 12, 2019

David Mellor is Senior Director for Grounds at Fenway Park. He’s also suffered from Post Traumatic Stress after being hit by a car twice. Kathryn Eident talks with Mellor about his new memoir One Base at a Time, How I Survived PTSD and Found My Field of Dreams.





Luis Gallegos

Each year, state education officials recognize one teacher in Massachusetts who rises above the rest when it comes to dedication to students and education. This year, a 27-year-old high school teacher from New Bedford was given this distinction.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Takeru Nagayoshi about the award and how his work set him apart from thousands of other teachers throughout the state.